Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Jess Lourey, author of The Toadhouse Trilogy. Does she hear voices?

Yesterday I posted my thoughts about The Toadhouse Trilogy: Book One. LOVED IT! You can read my thoughts here. And Jess also has a mystery series called The Murder-by-Month Mysteries. I am really going to have to check them out!

Today I have Jess Lourey here talking about whether she hears voices or not when she writes.

Jess, I have heard other authors say that they 'hear voices in their head' and that is how they write their books: the characters are telling their stories. Not being a writer myself, that concept has always intrigued me.

When some people hear voices, we get them medical attention, others end up becoming writers. Does this happen to you? How do you come up with your stories?

I have heard this from other authors, too. For me, I don't hear voices so much as I feel like I'm watching a huge, cinematic performance in front of me and I have to write quickly to get it all down. That's on the good days, anyhow. I'd say that 80% of the time, writing is very much of a blue collar job: you sit in front of the computer and you write, whether you're inspired or not. I do light outlines to help me through the low times (it helps me to know what I'm writing toward), but mostly, I just try to write something that I'd like to read.

Though partly inspired to write The Toadhouse Trilogy because of my own children and young adult lit authors like Cornelia Funke, my personal challenge to keep reading classics after college drove my interest in reinvigorating older stories through my own. Public domain laws restrict what texts I can include to those published before 1923, so that helped shape how each book is going to unfold. Mostly, though, I just follow Aine and Spenser and try to see what they see while attempting to not over-mother them as an author. :)

Jess Lourey
The Toadhouse Trilogy (Young Adult)
Murder-by-Month Mysteries

"Lourey's wonderful way with words will whisk readers away to an amazing new world!" --Anthony and Agatha Award winning author Chris Grabenstein

DECEMBER DREAD, released October 2012
"Lourey, who keeps her secrets well, delivers a breathtaking finale." --Publishers Weekly

1 comment:

  1. So interesting! I've also read where certain famous authors dreamed their to-be-novels~ :)


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